Originally written on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 3/19/13
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger After a hot start, the Devils have crashed back to Earth, and sit two points ahead of the Rangers in the standings, although the Rangers have a game in hand. In the month of March, the Devils have struggled mightily, posting a record of 3-4-2. For comparisons sake, the Rangers have a record of 5-4-0 in that span. This is one of those four point swing games, and it would benefit the Rangers in the long run to win this in regulation and prevent the Devils from getting points. As we’ve touched on in the past, the Devils use two separate forechecking systems. In the early going the Devils play a 2-1-2 forecheck, the same system that the Rangers play. This strategy is designed to create turnovers from sending two forecheckers deep and having a roamer around the high slot to capitalize on bad passes. Once the Devils get a lead, they switch forechecking strategies to a 1-2-2 hybrid trap. This strategy is designed to disrupt offensive breakouts and clog up the n...
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